Four of the best museums in Marrakech

31st August, 2016
Besides wandering through the quiet backstreets, the lively squares and the bustling souks of Marrakech, there’s no better way to indulge in Moroccan architecture, art, history and discovery than to visit one of the city’s fascinating museums. Some of these museums also focus on certain areas of the country, giving a further insight into just how diverse this interesting country can be. If you’re staying at one of our riads in Morocco and are looking to soak up the culture, try diving into one of these museums - you’ll be amazed.

Dar Si Said Museum

If you’re seeking real Moroccan treasures, the Dar Si Said Museum is the place to head to. Inside, you’ll find a dazzling collection of artworks and artefacts, ranging from Berber jewellery to carpets painstakingly woven by hand. Some of these items are still used in remote regions of the country, and also include copperware, clothing, furniture and building materials, while antique decorative arts showcase the illustrious artistic history of Morocco.

Bert Flint Museum

This museum houses a variety of items and artefacts collected on the travels of Dutch archaeologist Bert Flint, which he donated to Morocco following his studies. Focusing on the culture of the Souss Valley and the Sahara Desert, the charming museum is home to an interesting collection of musical instruments, traditional costumes, furniture and textiles.

Majorelle Museum and Gardens

This distinctive building has helped mark chapters in both Moroccan and French art history. Named after French artist Jacques Majorelle, who once lived and worked in the intensely blue house and studio, the museum is also surrounded by botanical gardens that once acted as the retreat for fashion designer Yves Saint-Laurent. Inside the museum, you will find a collection of North African Islamic art, as well as paintings and ceramics created by Morelle himself.

Marrakech Museum

Also nicknamed ‘the Jewel of Marrakech’, the Marrakech Museum stands out due to its beautiful Andalusian architecture, though once you enter, you’ll discover the interior is lavishly decorated in a traditional Moroccan style. Among the exhibits, you’ll find traditional and modern Moroccan art, Jewish artifacts, historic Arab books and Berber carpets.

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